FAIRFIELD STAGS WIN MAAC TITLE
Fairfield pitcher Destinee Pallotto threw a no hitter in the win, believed to be the first no no in MAAC Championship game history. She was masterful, allowing just one walk, which in itself was questionable, giving the Hawks no chance in this one.
Monmouth's pitcher Amanda Riley, who had herself a great tournament, allowed only two hits in the game. But those hits were more than enough for the Stags.
Fairfield opened the scoring in the top of the third inning, with no hits. After a pair of walks eventually got runners to second and third bases, Amanda Riley struck out Fairfield's big hitter Tori Reed for what was apparently the final out. But the low pitch evaded catcher Alex Holzman, and Rachel Sieber scampered home for the run.
A walk and error placed two runners on base for Fairfield in the top of the fifth inning, which turned into another run with Kristen Ball's two out RBI single, and a 2-0 Fairfield lead.
After that it was all Destinee Pallotto, as the junior easily retired the Hawks in order the rest of the way. Destinee is now 3-0 in MAAC Championship games.
The Fairfield Stags now await tonight's selection show to find out who and where they will play in the national tournament.
The Iona Gaels, who won the MAAC'S regular season title, will see their season continue! They will play in the new National Invitational Softball Championship, beginning Tuesday. They will find out who and where they will play after the NCAA selections tonight.